Suzuki Vitara (2015–)

What's good

The 2015 Suzuki Vitara is smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient than before and significantly better to drive.

More space than rivals such as the Nissan Juke.

Awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2015. Adult occupant safety was 89 per cent, child safety 85 per cent, safety assist 75 per cent and pedestrian safety 76 per cent.

What to watch out for

Hard plastics inside cabin.

Rear seatbacks don't fold flat.

No spare wheel, just a tyre repair kit.

Door sills get very dirty and can easily mark trousers when exiting the car.

Timing belt of 1.6 DDIS diesel requires replacing every 5 years but is an 8-hour engine out job costing around £1,000.

7-9-2015: Dan's 'long-term' Suzuki Vitara 1.6DDIS recalled for issue with Radar Brake Support system. Two warning messages had flashed up: “Radar Brake Support FCN Temporarily Disabled” and “Radar Brake Support: Not Active By Sensor”. Essentially the car’s way of letting the driver know not to rely on the radar brake, which detects the vehicle in front when driving at low speeds in heavy traffic. If it senses that you could be about to crash into the car in front, it sounds a (quite irritating) buzzer and flashes up a warning on the information panel. In worst case scenarios it will even do the braking for you, to at least minimise if not necessarily avoid a collision. Suzuki was quick to get the car in and let Dan know that it affected 1163 Vitara SZ5 models. The official reason for the recall is “Due to an error in production the Radar Brake Support System may not have been correctly programmed. In certain instances the system may not recalibrate and could cause unnecessary braking.” Since the Vitara returned from its 30 minute rectification work Dan hasn’t seen the warning messages again and the braking seems to kick-in as expected. So far, so good.

21-2-2016: "Pronounced jerk" reported when 2015 Suzuki Vitara 1.6 petrol automatic is changing from 1st to 2nd.

19-7-2017: Complaint about new Suzuki Vitara SZ5 Automatic 4x4 1.6 petrol, with 1800 miles. When using cruise control eg at 60-70 mph, the automatic gear change seems to become very erratic and undecided, shifting up and down at the slightest incline, making the ride uneven and uncomfortable. Probably because automatic AWD is engaged and the engine isn't powerful enough.

3-10-2017: Complaint of problems with Radar Brake Support on new Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T Boosterjet, purchased 14th August 2017. On the open road, without adaptive cruise control engaged, a warning came up saying that the RBS function was temporarily disabled. Driver stopped and warning disappeared. This was reported to the dealer and the car was taken to him on 12 September. He couldn't find a problem. Then on 15 September, using adaptive cruise control on the M74, the warning reappeared and the car dropped out of cruise control. The car was taken back to the dealer on 29 September. Again, he couldn't find a problem. Finally, the warning came up again on the M6 on 1 October. Adaptive cruise control was not engaged.

4-11-2017: Report of slight grinding feeling from the brakes of a 2017 Suzuki Vitara 1.4T Boosterjet. Probably surface corrosion on the brake discs, but might also be corrosion of the ABS relector rings.

22-2-2018: Report of uneven rear tyre wear on June 2017 Suzuki Vitara, now at 17,500 miles. The outside edge of the original Continental rear tyres is at the wear limit, whereas the inner edge still has 3.5mm. Dealer offered a 20% discount on replacement rear tyres.

25-8-2018: Owner finds gearshift of his 2016 Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T Boosterjet 4WD "rather clunky and not smooth unlike my wife's Swift. When manoeuvring the car at low speeds it is sometimes difficult to get it into gear. This has been the case since new and I have partially grown used to it but just wondered if you had heard any other reports of this from Vitara owners." We think this is probably normal of the heavier duty 4WD Vitara.

11-4-2019: Report of rear sunroof shattering in heavy rain in at just 250 miles in new Suzuki Vitara Allgrip delivered on 27-3-2019. Happily, "Suzuki pulled out all the stops and car has been collected and booked in to be examined." Owner would still wish to praise Eastbourne Motor Company for its sales team and their efforts to find the car from UK stocks at such short notice as well as for its delivery to Isle of Wight resident in Portsmouth. Owner would also like to add his excellent impression of the Suzuki Head Office Customer Service Team who, after a slow start, sprung into action and is hoping to return the car in double quick time, throwing in a courtesy car while the repairs take place.

12-5-2019: Report of uneven rear tyre wear from 2018 Suzuki Vitara SZ5 2WD. Dealer reported it needed a new axle and ordered one. 12 weeks later it had not arrived. Mileage now 12,000. Suzuki will pay half the cost of replacement rear tyres but not the full cost.

27-5-2019: Report of failure of Rader Brake Support on August 2018 Suzuki Vitara S. Tested by Suzuki dealer who agreed to replace it more then 11 weeks ago and is still waiting for the part.

5-8-2019: Report from reader that timing belt of 1.6 DDIS diesel requires replacing every 5 years, but it is an 8 hour engine out job costing arounf £1,000.

20-8-2019: Report that Vitara 1.4T Boosterjet for 2019/69 registration could not be ordered due to problems with RDE1 from September 2019.

17-10-2019: Excessive wear to outer edges of rear tyres reported on 2017 Suzuki Vitara SZ4 1.6 petrol when all four tyres were replaced at 24,000 miles. 2mm more wear to the outside edges on both rear tyres. No tracking adjustment possible. See 22-2-2018 and 12-5-2019.

28-10-2019: Report that Suzuki Vitara 4x4 AllGrip models are being recalled to have their rear axles replaced due to excessive wear of the rear tyres. Recall started more recently than June 2019 and seems that owners are notified when they book their cars in for a service. (See also: 17-10-2019; 12-5-2019 and 22-2-2018.)

13-11-2019: Report of 2016 Suzuki Vitara 2WD needing a new styeering rack because the inner rack joint has become badly worn. (Engineer described as "shot to pieces".) Happily, Suzuki paid for a new steering rack and the dealer pais half the labout out of goodwill leaving the owner with just £100 to pay. Suzuki said there was no history of this problem (we hade none) and even sent out a "master" engineer to look at it.

Recalls

14-8-2015: Recall to recalibrate / reprogram the Radar Brake Support system on Vitaras. This is a service recall campaign to ensure the optimum efficiency and reliability of the Radar system and affects SZ5 Vitara models within a particular chassis number range (1,163 cars). The procedure will take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.

Details of the Suzuki SZ4 Radar Brake Support Recall

Launch DateRecalls Number

Make and model

ConcernVIN StartVIN EndBuild
07/08/2015 R/2015/165

SUZUKI

Vitara

unintended vehicle braking TSMLYD21S00100991 TSMLYD21S00120790

07/01/2015-

06/05/2015

07/08/2015 R/2015/165

SUZUKI

Vitara

unintended vehicle braking TSMLYE21S00100229 TSMLYE21S00120760

07/01/2015-

06/05/2015

07/08/2015 R/2015/165

SUZUKI

Vitara

unintended vehicle braking TSMLYD81S00101292 TSMLYD81S00120818

07/01/2015-

06/05/2015

07/08/2015 R/2015/165

SUZUKI

Vitara

unintended vehicle braking TSMLYE81S00100232 TSMLYE81S00120750

07/01/2015-

06/05/2015

21-12-2016: Discovered that Vitara 1.6DDIS diesels being recalled for Engine Control Module to be reprogrammed (similar to VAG EA189 recall).

20-2-2017: Report that Suzuki Vitaras built in Hungary are being recalled for rear axle problem. Alert number: A12/0399/16. Countries affected so far: Greece, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands. Alert notice (No.A12/0399/16), can be found at http://car-recalls.eu/?listing_type=suzuki-vitara-2015/ Name: Vitara, SX4, S-Cross, and Swift Type/number of model: Models APK Vitara, AKK SX4 S-Cross and AZG Swift Batch number/Barcode: The recall concerns vehicles produced from 29 October 2015 to 17 December 2015 Risk description: The abrasion coefficient modification coating may not been have been applied on the rear axle bolts during the manufacturing of the bolts. The bolts might consequently loosen, come off or break. If this happens, the vehicle could become impossible to drive. Measures taken by economic operators: Recall of the product from end users (By Distributor)

28-10-2019: Suzuki Vitaras in the UK are now subject to a TSB replacement of the rear axle due to excessive wear of the rear tyres. (See 'Watch': 28-10-2019, 17-10-2019; 12-5-2019 and 22-2-2018.)

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